Baseball Begins 2013 Season on Friday at Norfolk State
Feb. 14, 2013
Navy Opens 2013 at Norfolk State
The Navy baseball team will begin the 2013 campaign this weekend with a three-game set against Norfolk State. The teams were scheduled to play single games Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but potential weather concerns on Sunday have altered the weekend slate. The teams will now play a single game at 1 p.m. on Friday and then a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday at Marty L. Miller Field. Saturday's first game will be nine innings and game two will be seven innings.
This weekend will mark the first-ever meetings between the two programs.
All-Time Record in Season Openers
Navy has won six of its last eight season-opening games and is 67-48-2 all-time on Opening Day. The Mids are 10-22 in season openers on the road, but have won five of their last seven.
Patriot League Preseason Poll
Navy was picked third in the Patriot League preseason poll, released on Feb. 13. Holy Cross and Army shared the top spot as each received 45 points. Holy Cross received six first-place votes and Army five. The Mids received 32 points to take third place, followed by Bucknell at 29, Lafayette at 15 and Lehigh with 14. Bucknell received one first-place vote.
For the first time ever, the Patriot League also announced a Preseason All-Patriot League Team. Senior starting pitcher Ben Nelson and senior outfielder Greg Dupell both earned a spot on the team, which was also selected by the conference's head coaches and sports information contacts.
The Midshipmen return a sizeable amount of production both at the plate and on the mound in 2013. With 343 Ks in 2012, the Mids posted a top-five strikeout total in program history for the second consecutive season. The good news for the Mids is that they return 11 pitchers that combined for over 70% of the team's strikeouts last season. Here's a look at what the Mids return both on the mound and offensively this season:
Wins: 19-of-23 (82.6%)
Starts: 38-of-52 (73.1%)
Innings Pitched: 329-of-446.2 (73.8%)
Strikeouts: 252-of-343 (73.5%)
Runs: 154-of-286 (53.8%)
Hits: 235-of-434 (54.1%)
RBI: 145-of-252 (57.5%)
Dupell Returns, But in the Outfield
Two-time second-team All-Patriot League selection Greg Dupell is Navy's top-returning run producer with 80-career RBI. Over the last two years Dupell has played both first and third base, but the Mids lost three outfielders after last season and the versatile senior made the switch to left field.
Dupell enters the season with 12-career home runs, which is tied for ninth on the program's all-time list. Last season he ranked in the top five in the conference in several categories, including: RBIs (44, second), runs (38, fifth), home runs (5, fifth), triples (6, first), doubles (14, third) and total bases (100, third).
Nelson Moving Up The Charts
Senior starting pitcher Ben Nelson enters this season in the program's top 10 in both strikeouts and games started. His 184 strikeouts are good for ninth on Navy's all-time list and his 35 starts rank 10th. With 10 more Ks, Nelson will move into the top 10 on the Patriot League's career strikeout list.
The steady right-hander's 67 strikeouts and 77.1 innings pitched in 2012 both ranked third in the conference.
Rinehart Again Named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List
For the second consecutive season, senior relief pitcher Joel Rinehart was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List. The award is given annually to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. Rinehart enters the 2013 season ranked second on the Mids' all-time saves list with 12. His 55-career appearances rank in a tie for fourth in program history. Last season, the native of Kingwood, Texas, tied for the team lead in appearances with 18 and picked up three saves.
Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts. The initial list of 75 will be updated with a mid-season release the week of April 16, including the national saves leaders. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released June 5.
Solid in the Field
Navy's .971 fielding percentage last season was the second best in school history with only the 1987 team's .973 mark ranking higher. The Midshipmen committed 56 errors in 2012, compared to their opponent's total of 81.
Mids Among the Nation's Best in Triples
Navy led the Patriot League and ranked eighth in the nation in triples last year with 27. The Mids' triples per game average of 0.52 was fifth highest in the country.
Dupell is Navy's Current Iron Man
Greg Dupell is Navy's active leader in consecutive starts with 106 entering this weekend's series. The senior started the final 54 games of the 2011 season and was the only Mid to start all 52 last season.
The Mids suffered several significant injuries last season, but fortunately return mostly healthy in 2013. Designated hitter and catcher Dave Milanes was injured early in the season, but bounced back to play in 35 games. A leg injury limited pitcher and infielder Brad Borosak to 10 appearances in the infield and eight on the mound. Outfielder Brandon Beans started and played in only 19 games, but none after March 31.
Senior Service Selections
Navy's 10 seniors received their service assignments in late November. Three Mids will be commissioned as Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenants, including: Johnny Schoberl (Marine Corps Ground), Dave Milanes (Marine Corps Ground) and Jake Coffey (Marine Corps Pilot). The balance of the class will be commissioned as Ensigns in the Navy, including: Greg Dupell (Pilot), Craig Veech (Pilot), Dylan Wheeler (Pilot), Ben Nelson (Naval Flight Officer), Chris Campbell (Naval Intelligence), Stephen Geiss (Surface Warfare) and Joel Rinehart (Nuclear Surface Warfare).
Graduates of the Naval Academy serve a minimum of five years in the Navy or Marine Corps, while pilots serve eight years upon earning their wings.